More than 400 players aged from 30 into their 80s will compete in the National Veterans Table Tennis Championships 2017
in Mandurah, beginning today.
The 35-table competition to crown Australia's best in the older age categories will be held at Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre from October 7-14.
The Championships will also welcome players from the United States of America, Wales, New Zealand, Vietnam, Latvia, China and Japan.
Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray announced the McGowan Government had contributed $5,000 through the Country Sport Enrichment Scheme to help Table Tennis Western Australia to host the Championships.
The Country Sport Enrichment Scheme supports organisations to deliver international, national or State events and provide access to sport development opportunities in regional WA.
Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:
"The Championships prove that table tennis is a sport for all ages. Table tennis boasts fast and furious competition whether you are eight or 80 – and I wish all competitors the best of luck.
"Thanks to the organising committee and all the volunteers who have given their time and knowledge to make this competition happen. As we know, volunteers are the lifeblood of so many local sporting associations.
"The Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre recently completed a major refurbishment and development, and events like this showcase the new upgraded facility.
"The McGowan Government's Country Sport Enrichment Scheme supports regional events and assists in economic and sport development through tourism and participation opportunities."